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I don't think they'll ever make a retro Bond.
William Boyd

Meaning of "retro" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF RETRO

retro  [ˈrɛtrəʊ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RETRO

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Retro can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES RETRO MEAN IN ENGLISH?

retro

Retro style

Retro style is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past. It generally implies a vintage of at least fifteen or twenty years. For example, clothing from the 1980s or 1990s could be retro. The word "retro" derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning "backwards, or in past times" – particularly as seen in the words retrograde, implying a movement toward the past instead of a progress toward the future, and retrospective, referring to a nostalgic eye toward the past. In the postwar period, it increased in usage with the appearance of the word retrorocket used by the American space program in the 1960s. In France, the word rétro, an abbreviation for rétrospectif gained cultural currency with reevaluations of Charles de Gaulle and France’s role in World War II. The French mode rétro of the 1970s reappraised in film and novels the conduct of French civilians during the Nazi occupation. The term rétro was soon applied to nostalgic French fashions that recalled the same period.

Definition of retro in the English dictionary

The definition of retro in the dictionary is denoting something associated with or revived from the past.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RETRO


bistro
ˈbiːstrəʊ
cabestro
kəˈbɛstrəʊ
Castro
ˈkæstrəʊ
cilantro
sɪˈlæntrəʊ
Cointreau
ˈkwɑːntrəʊ
cuatro
ˈkwɒtrəʊ
dextro
ˈdɛkstrəʊ
electro
ɪˈlɛktrəʊ
estro
ˈɛstrəʊ
intro
ˈɪntrəʊ
maestro
ˈmaɪstrəʊ
metro
ˈmɛtrəʊ
nitro
ˈnaɪtrəʊ
nonmetro
ˌnɒnˈmɛtrəʊ
outro
ˈaʊtrəʊ
Paltrow
ˈpɒltrəʊ
strow
strəʊ
strown
strəʊ
trow
trəʊ
vitro
ˈvɪtrəʊ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RETRO

retrim
retro-operative
retroact
retroaction
retroactive
retroactive inhibition
retroactive interference
retroactively
retroactiveness
retroactivity
retrobulbar
retrocede
retrocedence
retrocedent
retrocession
retrocessive
retrochoir
retrocognition
retrodict
retrodiction

WORDS THAT END LIKE RETRO

bro
Cagliostro
claro
dinero
duro
euro
hero
hydro
in vitro
libero
micro
Montefeltro
Negro
pedro
primero
pro
Rio de Janeiro
ro
to and fro
zero

Synonyms and antonyms of retro in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RETRO»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «retro» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of retro

Translation of «retro» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RETRO

Find out the translation of retro to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of retro from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «retro» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

复古风格的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

retro
570 millions of speakers

English

retro
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रेट्रो
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الرجعية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ретро
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

retrô
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিপরীতমুখী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

rétro
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Retro
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Retro-
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

レトロの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

복고풍의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Retro
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

retro
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ரெட்ரோ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

रेट्रो
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Retro
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

rétro
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

retro
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ретро
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

retro
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ρετρό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

retro
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

retro
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

retro
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of retro

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RETRO»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RETRO» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about retro

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10 QUOTES WITH «RETRO»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word retro.
1
Steve Albini
In the late '80s and early '90s, there was a slightly retro drum sound that was popular in hip-hop music called the 808 bass drum sound. It was the bass drum sound on the 808 drum machine, and it's very deep and very resonant, and was used as the backbone as a lot of classic hip-hop tracks.
2
William Boyd
I don't think they'll ever make a retro Bond.
3
Steve Brown
It's in the vein, somewhere in a cross between The Beatles, Cheap Trick, The Stones, Badfinger, you know, but it's not retro at all. But it is very pop.
4
Brandi Carlile
My advice to new artists is to embrace a broader concept of timelessness than vintage or retro.
5
Robin Cousins
Skating is now retro and hip.
6
Ted Demme
What I think happens today is that a lot of filmmakers look at other films that are retro pieces, like L.A. Confidential, and say, oh, that's period. We didn't want to do the stereotypical stuff.
7
Dana Goodyear
Christmas cookies can't help but be retro - they are memory first, sugar-flour-egg-redhot-gumdrop-sparkle reality second.
8
Ariana Grande
I like very girly, retro inspired, feminine, floral things. I'm not very edgy.
9
Ariana Grande
My personal style is a mixture of, like, girly, throwback, like retro '50s pin-ups, floral, like hippies, like anything feminine, and like flirty.
10
Tim Heidecker
When I was in college in Philly, there was a lot of post-punks... hardcore... like, rock. Sixties, retro, proto-Strokes kind of bands.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RETRO»

Discover the use of retro in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to retro and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Retro: The Culture of Revival
Drawing upon a wealth of original research and entertaining anecdotal material, Guffey unearths the roots of the term retro and chronicles its evolving manifestations in culture and art throughout the last century.
Elizabeth E. Guffey, 2006
2
Retro Graphics: A Visual Sourcebook to 100 Years of Graphic ...
More than three hundred images capture one hundred years of graphic design with design models that range from Art Deco and Gothic Revival to Pop Art and Post Modernism.
Jonathan Raimes, Lakshmi Bhaskaran, Ben Renow-Clarke, 2007
3
Marketing - The Retro Revolution
In his engaging and lively style, Stephen Brown shows that the implications of today's retro revolution are much more profound than the existing literature suggests.
Stephen Brown, 2001
4
Retro Food Fiascos: A Collection of Curious Concoctions
Banana Meatloaf Tomato Soup Cake, and Spam Smoothies -- borderline tummy-turners to downright doubtful -- Retro Food Fiascos is a showcase of culinary curiosities from some of America's favorite magazines, cookbooks, and food companies.
Kathy Casey, 2004
5
Retro Breakfast: Memorable Meals Morning, Noon, Or Night
- This latest guide in the Retro series covers the morning meal in delicious detail.
Linda Everett, Richard Perry, 2004
6
Retro-Dos: Illustrations on how to Do Vintage Inspired Hair ...
I have put together this step-by-step book on creating some of my hair styles. I promise that "Retro-dos" will lead you in your quest to master the skill of retro hair styling.
Carmela Melecio, 2011
7
Retro Pies: A Collection of Celebrated Family Recipes
Retro Pies: A Collection of Celebrated Family Recipes takes us back to that time with delectable pie recipes that span the country and the centuries.
Linda Everett, 2003
8
Retro Diner: Comfort Food from the American Roadside
Offers more than 115 recipes from diners across the United States for dishes including Indiana buckwheat cakes, butterscotch pie, and Alabama sweet potatoes.
Linda Everett, 2002
9
Retro Demonology
"Retro Demonology" is a Demon Trapper's bonus story, from bestselling young adult fantasy author Jana Oliver.
Jana Oliver, 2010
10
Cartoon cool: how to draw new retro-style characters
One of the world's leading cartoon artists shows readers how to capture the retro look of Sponge Bob, Dexter, and other popular comics, revealing how to recapture the 1950s in cartoons. All ages.
Christopher Hart, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RETRO»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term retro is used in the context of the following news items.
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Lenovo's proposed ThinkPad Retro is like stepping back into 1992
Dubbed the “ThinkPad Retro” or “T92” we might see the return of the blue Enter key, two ThinkLights, exposed screws, a 7-row keyboard, rubberized paint, and ... «PCWorld, Jun 15»
2
GameStop's 9 Most Expensive Retro Games
By Justin DavisEarlier this year GameStop started testing retro game sales in some of its New York City locations, and as of this week the program has rolled out ... «IGN, Jun 15»
3
'Metroid' Wii U or New 'Donkey Kong Country' At E3 2015? Retro
(Photo : Retro Studios/Nintendo) The Wii U may finally get a "Metroid" game if tweets from the franchise's Retro Studios are any indication. While the reasoning ... «Design & Trend, Jun 15»
4
The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion
How the apocalyptic predictions fell as flat as ancient theories about the shape of the Earth is the focus of this installment of Retro Report, a series of video ... «New York Times, May 15»
5
Retro Console Promises To Play ALL The Games
This is the Retro Freak. It's promising to play games from the Famicom. SNES. Genesis. PC Engine. TurboGrafx-16. Game Boy. Game Boy Advance. Game Boy ... «Kotaku, May 15»
6
The Air Jordan 20 Retro "Cool Grey" Releases on June 6th
Already released internationally, we've still been waiting patiently for a stateside release of the new Air Jordan 20 Retro colorway in a simple yet bold black, ... «Sneaker News, May 15»
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10 Air Jordan Retros Of 2015 That Did Not Sell Out Instantly
Fast-forward to 2011-2012 and the Air Jordan retro craze was at an all time high (Side note: Can you believe I bought a pair of Bordeaux 7s for below retail back ... «KicksOnFire.com, May 15»
8
Naomi Watts Goes Retro, Shows Off Beach Bod for British Airways
Naomi Watts is the star of a new retro-inspired photo shoot for British Airways, celebrating 80 years of flights between London and Australia. The "Birdman" ... «TooFab.com, Apr 15»
9
GameStop to Offer Classic Consoles and Games
By Seth G. MacyDust off your Nintendo 64. Once again it, and other retro consoles, will be accepted at GameStop. The company will launch a pilot sales and ... «IGN, Apr 15»
10
Fiat Launches Retro 500 1957 Edition Cabrio
It was launched last year to celebrate the 57 years since the launch of the original 'Cinquecento' back in 1957 and came with retro styling elements and material ... «Motor Authority, Apr 15»

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